That City, This Family depicts the daily struggles of survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Wang Da Ming (Ma Yuan) and Lin Zhi Yan (Cathy Zhou), a young married couple, are buried together when the earthquake occurs. After six days and seven nights, Da Ming is rescued, but has to learn that his pregnant wife and his father both died. Actually, every family in the city is in mourning. Later on, Yang Ai (Tong Lei) who works at a ceramics factory appears in Da Ming’s life. She too has lost her beloved ones in the earthquake and is only left with a son who turned mute. Da Ming and Yang Ai decide to marry to create a new family and find happiness again.
The Sound of the Bell at Shanghai Bund tells the story of a common family living in the alleys of old Shanghai from the Cultural Revolution till the days of reform and opening. Du Xin Sheng (Yu Hao Ming) and Yu Pei Pei are classmates who have deep affection for each other. Pei Pei’s grandmother, however, is a professor at the conservatory and denounced as reactionary by the Red Guards. In order to prevent the Red Guards from taking away the precious Italian cello in Pei Pei’s home, Xin Sheng goes to his father who does maintenance work at the bell tower at the Bund and they hide the cello in there. When more and more young people from the city are being sent to the countryside, the Du family’s eldest daughter Xin Fang is determined to follow as well. But when the unmarried Xin Fang gets pregnant in the countryside, the Du family is being confronted with a huge challenge.
Set in the Northern Song dynasty, the story revolves around Sheng Ming Lan (Zhao Li Ying), the unfavoured sixth daughter of an official. After being mistreated by her legal mother and bullied by her half-sisters, Ming Lan learns to hide her skills and true intentions, and ultimately succeeds in avenging her biological mother’s death. She meets Gu Ting Ye (Feng Shao Feng), who initially dislikes her but after witnessing her wits and intelligence, decides to help her. They eventually fall in love with each other. After Gu Ting Ye becomes a powerful official, he successfully makes Ming Lan his wife. As his wife, Ming Lan helps guard against his unpleasant relatives and purges the court of corrupt ministers.
The Family is the remake of the 2014 hit Korean drama “What Happens to My Family”. Single dad Fang Yong Fu (Li Li Qun) doesn’t have it easy with his three children. His still unmarried eldest daughter Tian Xin (Dong Jie) works sucessfully as the CEO’s secretary in a conglomerate. But everything changes when the CEO’s son Wang Shuo (Ronald Zhai) appears and misunderstands her relationship with his father. The eldest son Tian Yi (Roy Chiu) works as oncologist but is ashamed of his poor family. And the youngest son Xiao Long (Ren Yu Jie), the biggest troublemaker, is unemployed. Chaos becomes perfect when Li Yue Yue (Hong Jia Ning), a girl from the countryside, suddenly appears at their door.
Flipped in My Youth depicts the life of an ordinary married couple, how they overcome hardships together and both mature over ten years. In the 1990s, roadman Chen Ye (Shawn Wei) falls in love at first sight with the department store clerk Li Zhao Di (Jiang Yan). He tricks her into marrying him by promising her that he will take the TOEFL test and emigrate with her, turning her into a wealthy expat lady. Meanwhile, Zhao Di has been pampered by her family since litte, and her temper comes to light when the newlyweds start living together. In order to help her husband concentrate on taking the test, she takes care of the whole household, but Chen Ye still fails in the end. Moreover, Chen Ye even loses his job and Zhao Di is found out to be infertile. Zhao Di falls into despair and starts questioning whether she made the right decision.
Adapted from the Korean hit drama “Dear My Friends”, Dear Them tells the story of a couple of friends who have reached an old age and support each other while trying to let go of all worldly worries. From the perspective of Gu Jia Yi (Jiang Yan), we learn about her mother and her mother’s friends’ lifes and struggles.
Xiang Qian (Yang Shuo) is the son of common workers while Xun Zhao (Liu Tao) is from a literary family. The two fall in love and decide to marry against Xun Zhao’s parents’ wishes. Xiang Qian, who has to rely on his own intelligence and hard work, spends all his time working in order to go up the ladder in a famous investment company. In the meanwhile, Xun Zhao has given up everything to become a housewife after their marriage, but can’t adapt to it. The relationship between Xiang Qian and Xun Zhao deteriorates more and more. When Xun Zhao gets diagnosed with depression, she is afraid of affecting their son Hao Han (Hummer Zhang) and thus decides to leave the family. After their divorce, Xiang Qian fails at work as well and has to pull through his son and himself without any money. Only when he meets Alisa (Gina Jin), he finally faces himself and stands up again. Xun Zhao, on the other hand, wants to start life anew, but coincidentally becomes her ex-husband’s new girlfriend’s assistant.
A Splendid Life In Beijing depicts the life of four brothers from their young years in the 1970s, when they grow up as ordinary people in Beijing’s alleys, till their fourties. Misfortune strikes when the oldest brother (Jiang Wu) accidentally kills his neighbor with a fruit knife while fooling around. He has to pay for his actions and goes to jail. The second oldest brother (Zhang Jia Yi)’s dream is to have his own successful business. He starts out by buying and reselling mung bean sprouts, then opens his own mutton stall and later enters the fashion market. Even though his businesses continuously fail, he doesn’t give up. But he doesn’t only show persistence towards his work, he’s also persistent in pursuing his love. The second youngest brother (Guo Jing Lin) throws himself into the stock market right after graduating from university. At the same time, he becomes entangled in a love triangle. Finally, the youngest brother (Jeremy Qu) has asthma and stammers. In order to not be a burden to his family, he trains hard and diligently practices tongue twisters and comic dialogues. He later becomes a postman and finds his true love through his job.
The former reporter Zhan Da Peng (Lin Yong Jian), whose special field were crisis regions, now is a distinguished producer. But when his wife, who works at the same company, separates from him, he loses both his family and job and enters into a life crisis. The newbie at work Chang Ge (Jiang Xin) admires Da Peng and follows him around. In the end, they try to make a new program under simple conditions together and have to deal with many hardships in the process. However, fate strikes again and Da Peng learns that his life is in danger due to a shrapnel in his head that he got on a former trip into a war region. Hence, he focuses on helping his son fulfill his dream of starting his own venture and nurtures his broken relationship with his family. At the same time, he continues working on a new program.
After Yang Jin Gang (Zhang Jia Yi) gets released from prison, his daughter Yang Xiao Yang (Wang Yi Zhe) presents him the boy she wants to marry, Ren Shao Peng (Zhang Yi Shan). But Jin Gang has to discover that Shao Peng is equally a rebellious youth as he used to be in the old days. Furthermore, Jin Gang holds a grudge towards Shao Peng’s family, so he tries to stop the marriage at all costs. When he realizes that the two young people are truly in love and he can’t break them apart, he tries to “reform” his son-in-law.